Lex and Chloe fans can go to bed happy tonight.

Cast

Tom
Welling
as
Clark Kent

Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang

Michael
Rosenbaum
as Lex Luthor

John
Glover

as Lionel Luthor

Annette
O’Toole
as Martha Kent

John
Schneider
as Jonathan Kent

Jensen Ackles as
Jason Teague

Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan.

Written by Holly Herald.

Directed by Paul Shapiro.

Original Airdate


Pariah
originally aired on Wednesday,
February 2, 2005.

Synopsis

Alicia is the prime suspect in a series of attacks
against Clark’s
friends.

High Point

The complete lack of insomnia, last minute medical
attention, or any
of the other big red reset buttons that would usually
be used to undo
what was done here tonight.

Low Point

I like that she found out, but I dislike that it was
practically
handed to her.

The Review

There might very well be some new and
original directions for
this show to take starting with tonight. Many of the
events didn’t
feel terribly original right now, but thinking about
where they can
take the show through the rest of the season, I’d say
it’s a pretty
good job. This is probably the turning point of the
season. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The effects were fairly nicely done. The
one new effect
looked more like a spotted sheet than a cloud, but I
suspect that’s a
matter of the cost and time involved in doing the CGI
on a large
number of particles. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story was strong as a piece of a larger
puzzle, but I’m
not sure it would stand on its own. It requires a
lot of knowledge of
the backstory to follow. Those of us who’ve been
around a while
should be easy to please with this; don’t use this to
induct a new
fan. I’ll give it 5 out of 6, as there’s no terribly
pressing need
for an episode that’s half way through the fourth
season of a series
to be completely accessible to new fans.

The acting was pretty good, particularly
when showing us a
side of Clark we haven’t seen before. I give it 5
out of 6.

The emotional response was very strong this
week. The scenes
with Mrs. Teague, Lex, Clark, and Chloe were all
great. The teaser
worked for me, too, but I’m a sucker for Joan Jett.
I give it 5 out
of 6.

The production was well designed, with the
various locations
and camera angles well chosen for natural reveals of
major events. I
give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was a pretty solid episode,
presenting us with
some potentially great paths for the series to
follow. I give it 5
out of 6.

In total,
Pariah
receives
33
out of 42.